It’s one thing to believe in something entirely harmless.
But health myths often aren’t harmless: they can trick you out of your money, or even worse, cause you and others physical harm.
Here are some health myths we need to stop believing in. It’s time.
Vaccines cause autism
Let’s just get this one out of the way. In 2010, the Lancet retracted a 12-year-old paper by Andrew Wakefield that claimed a link between the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine and autism.
Scientists had long been questioning the study, saying his sample size was too small and they couldn’t replicate the findings. It also came out that Wakefield carefully selected the children on whom he reported, and some of his research was funded by lawyers who were acting for parents suing vaccine manufacturers.
He’s since lost his medical licence.
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Unfortunately, the damage was done. Measles has made a huge comeback, with current outbreaks in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ukraine, the Philippines, Greece and many, many other countries.